Insights

Our Latest Insights

Here you can read the latest on news, events, stories, and blog posts.

Podcasts / May 5th, 2022

Helen Cowan | Founder of The Tall Wall and Executive Coach

Helen describes how her positions at KPMG evolved into her creating her own company as a collective of executive coaches. She gives young people brilliant advice about how to create a positive approach to embarking on a career. Most notably 'If you don't ask, you don't get'. Take a listen and get some expert career coaching tips from Helen.

Blog / March 16th, 2022

Empowering Consett’s Youth

Building Self-Belief’s mission as a charity it to empower young people and give them the strategies and the self-belief to take ownership of their lives. Our mission is to “Build Stronger Communities through Building Self-Belief’ and we feel that a strong Youth Panel is the perfect way to give young people a voice and ensure that they have a say in their own community.

Blog / February 14th, 2022

New Boundaries for Young People?

Urgent action is needed in society and schools to support the sexual education of our young people.

Blog / January 11th, 2022

Dealing With Anxiety

At aged 11, my son suffered a breakdown of mental health, and was off school for pretty much 4 years. He has never spoken about what he has been through these last few years openly, but yesterday wrote a blog and presented me with his account, and wanted it shared. This is his story.

Blog / February 2nd, 2022

Greyhound Bus Moments

The Article in The Observer concentrates on film Greyhound Bus Moments, but I thought I would share with you all my own personal experience of Greyhound buses.

Blog / April 15th, 2021

Mitch Donaldson and Becky Bartram | Drama School and Acting as a Career

Mitch Donaldson and Becky Bartram tell us about their route into training as actors and in stage combat. They describe the highs and lows of an acting career, including the process of getting into Drama School and the auditioning process for getting acting work. A fascinating insight into acting as a profession.

Blog / June 22nd, 2021

Lauren Brown | Junior Doctor

Dr Lauren Brown gives us a brilliant insight into the role of a junior doctor. Her journey through the application process for Medicine, the course, the choices within the course, the opportunities to work abroad and the social events that support the success of the students.

Podcasts / August 30th, 2021

Ben Straughan | Haines Watts Graduate Programme

Ben is a great example of someone who has worked really hard to get exactly where he would like to be. Having completed his degree, he has recently started on a graduate programme at the accountancy firm Haines Watts. He gives young people a great insight into the attitude and the approach needed to be successful.

Podcasts / September 20th, 2021

Michael Cole | Associate Partner, Haines Watts

Michael Cole describes his career journey in finance and accountancy. He tells us all about his wide ranging experiences in the finance sector and how this has led him to his current position as Associate Partner at the Newcastle branch of Haines Watts. Michael has some great advice for young people considering a career in finance.

Films / August 8th, 2021

Learning for Life Sensory Room Project

Young people from Consett Academy and Learning for Lifejoined forces to design and equip and new sesnory space. They challenged youth loneliness, broke down social barriers, built lasting friendships and engaged with local businesses. It was a fabulous project and we all loved every minute of it.

Films / August 2nd, 2021

Norham Boys | Raising Aspirations and Employability

Building Self-Belief worked with a group of 10 boys form Norham High School in NorthTyneside. It was a real privilege to work with the boys and see them grow in confidence and develop a much greater sense of purpose in their lives.

Films / October 5th, 2021

Going in Circles

Our CEO Christine Thomas was privileged to Chair this debate about how we can work towards a circular economy and how we can make people more aware of what they can do to improve everyone's attitude towards Climate Change.

Blog / November 12th, 2021

Going In Circles – Time to Break the Cycle? #COP26

It was a real privilege for me to be Chair of the Eco debate ‘Going in Circles’ organised by Engineering Today and After the Pandemic. Here is a brief overview of our discussion, as well as our suggestions about how we can move forward.

Films / July 31st, 2021

Crookhill Primary School 1950's Heritage Project

Our Heritage project with Crookhill Primary School took the children back to the 1950s. We looked at childhood games, the space race, the children's programmes. We also had visitors to the school who discussed their 1950's childhoods.

Films / July 18th, 2021

Delves Lane Primary School | Consett Steelworks Heritage Project

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the closure of Consett Steelworks we delivered a project where we looked back at the whole history of the town of Consett, and the huge influence the steelworks had on the local community.

Films / May 29th, 2021

North Durham Academy | Bridging the Gap Between Education and Work

Sixth Form students at North Durham Academy, Stanley, Co Durham, took part in our Bridging the Gap Between Education and Work programme. This programme is designed to enhance their employability skills, and raise their aspirations. It was a huge success!